New Miniket even gnarlier

Looking for a handy way of filming your forthcoming mini moto leap over two flaming Minis? Samsung’s Miniket has long been the perfect choice for such

Looking for a handy way of filming your forthcoming mini moto leap over two flaming Minis? Samsung’s Miniket has long been the perfect choice for such antics, and it’s just been given an overhaul in time for 2006’s stunt schedule.

The SC-X210L refines rather than revolutionises the unique concept of having a second, external lens to back up the main solid-state ‘corder. This time there are even more places that you can attach the lens thanks to bespoke kits for snowboarders and mountain bike riders – these include extra pouches and grips to make sure the unit stays in place, even if you don’t.

The specs have also been given a boost. The Xtreme Cam’s CCD is up to 680k, improved MP4 compression and a 30% improvement in the battery life up to an hour and a half. There’s also a 10x zoom, and 2in LCD to help frame your more pedestrian shots using the main lens.

It’s still the same master of convergence too – an MP3 player, voice recorder (for your screams), storage device and web cam are all crammed into the slightly lighter 126g chassis.

Our only problem with the original was the price – £650 was way too much for such a bit part if covetable device. The X210L’s UK price and availability is still a mystery, but it should make it over here in Q2, and the US tag is $600 (£340). Even allowing for the rip-off Britain effect, this still might mean it’ll be more affordable. More news when we get it.